Darth Vader #19

Darth Vader #19

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks

Darth Vader #19 is an excellent issue. It’s well balanced with action, humor, character moments and story points. On one hand it wraps up the Shu-Torun war arc, and on the other, it kicks off a great tease for the next adventure. All in all, it’s a great way to satisfy readers and leave them wanting more.

The comic opens once again with Triple Zero and some dark comedy. However it works a lot better in this issue than the last one. Kieron Gillen even gets a payoff on the weird blood fueled droids story element he mentioned in Darth Vader #18. This issue makes good use of it for both comedic effect and plot movement.

Afterwards we see Vader’s fight with the twins comic to a close. Sadly there’s not much action and it’s almost anti-climatic. Yet something happens that adds a deep vein of poignancy to the issue. It connects to Vader and one of the most painful moments of his life: his immolation on Mustafar. For that alone, the fight is a success, even though it could have used more action.

From there it all wraps up in the final battle against Baron Rubix. Queen Trios leads the charge and Vader makes it happen. There’s not much of a battle as it all happens out of view. Instead of focusing on the action, Gillen zeroes in on the characters. We see Rubix in his palatial quarters with his daughter. We see Vader accepting the baron’s surrender and Queen Trios ascending to her place in Imperial society under the tutelage of Vader. Her transformation in the arc, stretching all the way back to the Vader annual, really pays off well. I like what they did with her.

With that plot thread completed, a new one emerges. Now Vader must deal with the traitor Cylo and his remaining minions. The Emperor offers to finally reveal everything that’s going on. Last, but not least, Aphra is found by an old ally…and enemy, one that Vader must deal with. They’re all great hooks and an excellent way to end the issue.

The artwork throughout the comic matches the quality of the story. There’s great lighting effects, brilliant, eye pleasing colors, and lots of attention to details. The flow and layout of the comic accentuates the story as it moves from scenery, to action, to character close-ups. It highlights emotion where needed, and picks out details to add flavor to the scenes. There’s also quite a few panels without any word bubbles, thus this issue really pushes some of the visual storytelling, letting the scenes speak for themselves.

In the end, I give Darth Vader #19 a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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